This assignment is designed to foster cooperation and collaboration in conducting research, and developing an effective informational presentation on a topic relevant to the week's focus: myth and popular culture.
Topics for this assignment can include almost any quasi-mythical, pop-culture figure: zombies, vampires, bigfoots (bigfeet?), fairies, goblins, Chupacabra, some urban legends, aliens, werewolves, and the like. Do not choose comic-book characters, unless you're using them to illustrate popular notions of mythical archetypes (tricksters, shape-shifters, etc.)--and then don't focus on one single figure. Treat them as a general category of character.
Presentations should take no longer than fifteen minutes, and should be delivered by the most articulate member of the group. Nothing in this category of assignment is more annoying than a crowd of people standing up in front of the class reading from sheets of notebook paper. Groups will be graded on the following:
All of the above will be discussed in class week 6. Presentations will occur week 8.
This task is worth 20 points.
Project development and research workshopThis 10-point workshop is designed to help students locate appropriate sources for the two major assignments in this class: the Group Presentation and the individual (or small-group) final project. A mandatory in-Library session will be held in conjunction with the workshop, to allow students to consult with Mrs. Casto about available resources. Students may also meet to discuss group presentation topics, after which